In late 2016 I started an open-ended series called the Quilt Diaries. My idea was to create a quilt block each week, then join them together at the end of the month. I decided not to restrict myself to particular materials, sizes or shapes. I'm not worried if they all come out looking different (they do).
In January 2017, I began my first artist residency, and started work on Quilt Diary 201701: Falling Together At The Seams.
It was a tough time. 2017 was kind of rough all over. But many of us felt a galvanizing, a deep desire to practice empathy and serve our communities.
I think we looked at the choice between falling apart and falling together, and we chose the latter. We showed up, we gave, we hugged, we shopped local, we spoke out, we listened to one another. We made our seams tighter.
Walking on Sunshine Various fabrics and thread, machine pieced and quilted by Sarah Atlee, 2016 66 x 56 inches
I absolutely love working with donated fabrics. You get a bunch of things that were never meant to go together, and you make them go together.
Walking on Sunshine is headed to the Community First! village, an innovative housing solution in Austin, TX.
Current Block 4: Eccentric Orbit Various fabrics and thread, machine pieced and quilted, 8.5" x 8" 2016 by Sarah Atlee
I am making a series of unique improvisational quilts, 8 to 9 inches square, exclusively for Current Studio.
Current Studio features a different artist each month for their subscribers. Join by 20 December to get Sarah Atlee's art in January 2017.
In Dot Dot Dash, I set out to explore visual rhythms. We know that I love stripes. Turns out, I love dots too.
I had so many fun fabrics to choose from. Some donated to the Community First! Quilters, some I purchased myself. In particular, I've been in love with this Dottie Jean Jacket print by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel.
Does it get any better than strip-piecing?
So much fun to quilt this thing!
On the back: cream-colored flannel, and a variegated blue thread.
Along one edge, Community First! is spelled out in Morse code,using buttons. Light buttons for dashes, dark buttons for dots.
Dot Dot Dash was donated to the Community First! village, an innovative housing solution in Austin, TX.